PISCATAWAY, NJ – Three members of the 2005 Rutgers women’s lacrosse recruiting class – freshmen Sandy Abel (Monrovia, MD), Katherine Parker (Sykesville, MD) and Andrea Potter (Pylesville, MD) – have been named to the US Lacrosse Women’s Division High School Academic All-America Team.
Players selected for the honor must have a minimum grade point average of 3.60, take a minimum of 50 percent of her classes at an honors or AP level, be a starter or key reserve, and be either a junior or senior.
Potter, Parker and Abel are three members of head coach Laura Brand’s 11-player recruiting class that will begin classes “On the Banks” Sept. 1.
After serving on the attack during her freshman season at Urbana High School in Monrovia, MD, Abel made the smooth transition into the Hawks’ goal, where she competed the last three seasons. She entered her senior season as a two-time first-team all-county selection, earning second-team all-Monocacy Valley Athletic League honors as a junior. After ending her freshman season with five goals and three assists, Abel spent the past three seasons preventing goals, with great success. She faced 203 shots, tallying 107 saves for a .530 save percentage as a sophomore. She owned a 6.8 goals-against average during her first season as the Hawk’s starting goalie. The two-year captain improved on each of her numbers as a junior, lowering her goals-against average to 4.8 and increasing her save percentage to .600, stopping 117 of the 195 shots she faced. Abel was also a standout in the classroom, previously earning US Lacrosse Academic All-America honors as a junior. She was a member of the National Honor Society and a three-time recipient of Urbana’s Minds In Motion Award, given to individuals with a 3.25 GPA or better. Abel played her club lacrosse with the Frederick Stars Elite, winning second-team laurels in her conference as a junior. Abel also lettered two years in field hockey, where she was a two-time all-county selection, earning honorable-mention all-conference honors as a team captain last fall.
Parker was a four-year starter in goal for Seton Keough High School in Sykesville, MD. She finished her freshman season as the top-ranked area goalie by the Baltimore Sun after posting 123 saves and a .550 save percentage. Parker was a standout in the classroom as well, with a 3.8 GPA in honors courses through her junior year. Parker was named the Gators’ team captain for the 2005 season. She was selected as a National Merit Scholar in Art, while being inducted into the National Honor Society as a junior, where she served as the Vice President for her school. Parker played her club ball with the Hero’s 05 in Baltimore, winning the Charm City Championship in 2002 and 2003.
Potter, who played at North Harford High School, was a four-year varsity starter who led her team to an undefeated 12-0-1 season as a freshman. She finished with 43 ground balls and 32 caused turnovers, while scoring a goal and adding four assists during the 2004 season. North Harford won 14 games that year, ending the year second in the county while advancing to the Regional final. Potter also played soccer, field hockey and basketball for the Hawks. She entered her final academic year with a 3.9 GPA, ranking 14th out of 319 people in her senior class. She also earned the 2004 Maryland Distinguished Scholar Award. Potter played with the North Eastern Maryland club team for four seasons, placing second at the St. Falls Classic, the Downingtown Tournament and the National Draw throughout her career.
Rutgers ended the 2005 season 6-10 overall and 1-4 in the BIG EAST. The Scarlet Knights were forced to deal with an unusually high number of season-ending injuries, but fought hard through a schedule that included eight nationally-ranked opponents.